JESUS PRAYED OUR UNITY SO THE WORLD WOULD BELIEVE – Ray E Horton
The church has failed miserably over two millennia in responding to Jesus’ prayer for us, which is His heart. I’m believing that will finally change in the final outpouring. It’s the prayer of Jesus Himself:
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:20-23).
Be eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
Paul tells us to “be eager” for that unity: “With all humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another in love, be eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:2-6).
Separation of believers because of not seeing eye to eye on everything is much of the reason for the world’s unbelief today.
Those who love Jesus and put their trust in Him are the brethren, despite peripheral differences. We have the core of the Gospel in common.